Ed Balls's less stringent plans mean a dramatic gap with the Tories.
Labour could end cuts next year and still meet deficit targets, says IFS
By George Eaton - 19 March 15:37

Ed Balls's less stringent plans mean a dramatic gap with the Tories.  

It is shameful that Labour buys into the rhetoric that people who need welfare are scum
By Frances Ryan - 19 March 14:02

The Labour party is missing the opportunity to stand up proudly for low-paid workers and those who rely on state support.

Without a mission of public sector reform, Osborne's longterm economic plan is meaningless
By Andrew Haldenby - 19 March 12:58

Only with reform can the public sector survive the cuts that are to come.

The scariest bit of the budget — the one graph you need to know
By May2015 - 19 March 12:35

Today's headlines hide the most important, and least reassuring, fact in yesterday’s Budget.

The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings.
What are the welfare cuts Osborne is hiding until after the election?
By George Eaton - 19 March 12:27

The Chancellor has vowed to cut £12bn from welfare - but he's announced just £3bn of savings. 

Even Nick Clegg couldn't bear to stay to the end of Danny Alexander's "alternative budget"
By Stephen Bush - 19 March 12:14

Danny Alexander staged an alternative budget in the House of Commons. It quickly turned into a farce.

George Osborne delivered his final Budget this parliament. Photo: Getty
What was announced in the Budget 2015?
By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 March 9:23

George Osborne announced his final Budget of this parliament. What was in it?

We know we have a housing crisis. Here's what we can do about it
By Keith Taylor - 19 March 9:17

Britain's housing market is in chaos. Here's how to fix it.

Why have the Sun put George Osborne in hotpants?
By Media Mole - 19 March 8:36

George Osborne flaunts his shapely legs on the cover of today's Sun. But why?

What was missing from the 2015 Budget? Anything to do with child poverty
By Alison Garnham - 19 March 8:15

This was a "see no poverty, hear no poverty" budget from a government in denial.

What made one opposition frontbencher make this face?
By Stephen Bush - 18 March 20:13

Strange scenes at the last International Development questions of the parliament.

Shadow chancellor says the Conservatives have blundered by admitting day-to-day spending will be reduced to its lowest level for more than 40 years.
We're only cutting spending to 1964 levels - Balls mocks the Tories' new defence
By George Eaton - 18 March 18:15

Shadow chancellor says the Conservatives have blundered by admitting day-to-day spending will be reduced to its lowest level for more than 50 years. 

Did George Osborne's bad Budget jokes just cost the taxpayer £41m?
By Ashley Cowburn - 18 March 16:47

In an attempt to woo the public with his stand-up comedy – and despite the precarious national finances – George Osborne just wasted a lot on poor jokes. 

St Patrick's Day is the most Blue Labour of holidays
By Kevin Meagher - 18 March 15:40

The renaissance of St Patrick's Day offers reminders of the difficulties that the Irish have faced, and a lesson.

The Chancellor neutralised some of Labour's strongest attack lines - but there was no knock-out blow.
Budget 2015: Osborne didn't deliver the game-changer the Tories needed
By George Eaton - 18 March 15:02

The Chancellor neutralised some of Labour's strongest attack lines - but there was no knock-out blow. 

Budget 2015: Ed Miliband gives a solid response, but gloom won't overshadow the Tory sunshine
By Anoosh Chakelian - 18 March 14:26

The Labour leader has responded to the Chancellor’s final Budget this parliament.

Budget 2015: One small rabbit, but plenty of dead foxes
By Stephen Bush - 18 March 12:24

George Osborne has unveiled his final budget of the Parliament, and launched a new saving scheme for first time buyers.

Budget 2015: The time is ripe for the Living Wage
By David Skelton - 18 March 12:03

A growing economy means it's time for the wealth to be shared: time for a living wage.

The end of revenge evictions proves it: there's nothing more powerful than people
By Martha Mackenzie and Jack Madden - 18 March 11:29

The abolition of revenge evictions shows what people can do when they work together.

Budget 2015: What to expect from George Osborne's last budget of the coalition
By Ashley Cowburn - 18 March 11:15

George Osborne will say the UK faces a "critical choice" at the election when he delivers his Budget today – but what do we know so far?

Budget 2015: The great tax giveaway to the rich masquerading as help for the poor
By Tim Wigmore - 18 March 10:50

Raising the personal allowance does not help who it is supposed to.

The Greens welcome Jack Monroe and other new members for seeing through "phoney migration rhetoric"
By Jean Lambert - 18 March 10:10

The chef and campaigner who once appeared in a Labour campaign video has joined the Greens.

Labour have said they don't want my vote. So where am I supposed to go now?
By Rosie Fletcher - 18 March 8:58

Labour have swallowed the Conservatives' rhetoric about "us and them". But I'm one of "them", so where does that leave me?

Labour must use Nigel Farage's unpopularity to hurt David Cameron
By Ben Dilks - 17 March 18:51

Labour can turn the tables on the Conservatives - by using Ukip against them just as the Tories have used the SNP.

TV debates: Will Miliband and Cameron ever meet on screen?
By Stephen Bush - 17 March 17:23

A new proposal from Downing Street has thrown the debates into confusion.

Simon Danczuk MP laments government "reluctance" to handle historic child abuse allegations
By Ashley Cowburn - 17 March 16:35

Officers involved in the Eighties probe into Cyril Smith's alleged sex parties with teenage boys were ordered to hand over their evidence, including notebooks, according to BBC Newsnight.

A higher minimum wage for London is good for the capital - and the rest of the country, too
By Kitty Ussher - 17 March 15:56

A higher minimum wage for London is good for the city - but crucially, wouldn't hurt workers elsewhere either.

The Labour Party needs to stop obsessing about public spending and concentrate instead on overhauling the state
By Jeremy Cliffe and Roberto Unger - 17 March 14:05

Forget the argument over austerity. Reform of the state should be the central mission of the left.

By 2025, a million of us will have dementia – the next generation must face the future
By Ross Davies - 17 March 12:37

How will we create the UK's first dementia-friendly generation, and why do we need to?

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